Saturday, 16 December 2017

BEAST FRIEND

Hello.
Today I'm sharing my last holiday card of the season
and, of course, it's a Yeti. 
This is for my DH - my soul mate and 'beast friend'.


How fabulous are those background trees?
They're a wonderfully cute stamp from Clearly Besotted,
which I think will be well used next year.
After stamping the trees onto my die cut background, I simply added the Yeti,
a couple of parcels and a white embossed sentiment.

Challenge


Any Holiday Card

This challenge doesn't close til December 23rd,
so there's still time to check out the awesome entries,
get some last minute inspiration and join in the fun.

Supplies
MFT - Beast Friends / Stitched Scalloped Edge Rectangle
Clearly Besotted - Into the Woods Again
Versa Color - Laurel Leaf.    Copics



Saturday, 18 November 2017

MERRIEST

Hello.
Just sharing a simple card today with an old-fashioned, wooden block stamp,
 that I've had since dinosaurs roamed the earth.
It's one of my absolute favourites.
:-)


I stamped my ForeverFriends bear onto a card panel, then masked it and added a little distress ink background.
The bear was then coloured with Copics.
I used to hold my breathe at this point - when I stamped a sentiment - as most of the time I would mess it up and drop the stamp, smudge it, or it wouldn't come out quite right,
but now, I have one of those stamping platforms and it makes things so much easier.

Lastly,  I attached my postage stamp border and then popped everything up onto a card blank with foam tape.



Challenges.



Supplies.
Forever Friends Stamp, coloured with Copics
Avery Elle - Merriest Sentiments and Postage Stamp Die
Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass

Saturday, 11 November 2017

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Hello.
Just a slight break in Christmas card production today,
for a bright and cheerful birthday card.

My inspiration came from a fabulous Laura Fedora project video,
that you can see at the Simon Says Stamp Blog


I started by covering a card panel with distress inks and some water splashes.
On another panel, I die cut my 'Happy Birthday to You' a few times.
The top and bottom of the panel just had small pieces of the letters visible, so I decided to cut these off, and actually, it allows the distress ink to show through nicely.
I used tiny pieces of foam tape to pop this up onto the distress ink background,
and then tucked in a few random sequins.

I finished by adding my Yeti, and a little, labeled message.


Challenge



Supplies.
MFT - Beast Friends / Happy Birthday To You Die
Distress Inks - Festive Berries / Pickled Raspberry / Spiced Marmalade / Mustard Seed / Twisted Citron / Cracked Pistachio / Salty Ocean
Big Hugs Sentiment is Mama Elephant, Labeled Messages

Friday, 10 November 2017

HAPPY HOWL-IDAYS

Hello.
I've had dogs on the brain this week  :-)
I'm bombarded with the family wanting me to get a new puppy,
and I do want one, I'm just dragging my heels a bit,
knowing that I'm the one that has to train it and take it out every day.
It's a lot of work.

So, when I found time to craft I reached for this holiday pup :-)


I saw this card from Ashley Marcu, where she cleverly trimmed off the head and scarf from one dog, and re-attached them in a slightly different place.
This means you get 2 dogs for the price of 1  :-)
I gave this a go and it looks great.
Now I'm wondering if I have other stamps I can try this with!

My pups were coloured with Copic markers and attached with foam tape to the stamped tree background.

I die cut a large frame from coloured card to go on top of the background, and then slid the sentiment banner under the dogs paws!

Challenge



Supplies
Avery Elle - Happy Howlidays, coloured with Copics
Clearly Besotted - Into the Woods Again, stamped in Distress Ink - Iced Spruce



Monday, 6 November 2017

HAPPY PENGUINS

Hello.
Hope everyone  in the UK had a great Bonfire Night.
It was suitably chilly and muddy here and we had a lovely time -
oohing and ahhhing at the town firework display for 20 minutes,
followed by a brisk walk back to the pub.      ;-)

Today I had chance to finish up this card for the

Muse: Christmas Visions Challenge


These arctic penguins featured heavily in my Christmas cards last year,
and it was nice to get them out again and have a play.
I love them for quick cards because they stamp and die-cut easily and just need a little bit of colouring.

Cornelia's Muse Card


I followed Cornelia's overall layout, with a bold sentiment at the bottom and 3 main stamped elements.
I tried hard to get my letter die cuts to spell out 'Christmas' along the bottom, but they are just a tiny bit too big to fit on, so I ended up stamping my 'christmas' with individual letter stamps.

Supplies
Mama Elephant - Arctic Penguins / Labeled Messages
MFT - Well Connected Alpha / Stitched Scallop Rectangle Die
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Border.
Copics. Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass


Saturday, 4 November 2017

WE THREE GINS

Hello.
I'm just having a little play today with an older Clearly Besotted set.
I saw this quote on a Christmas jumper and thought I would
try it out on a card.


I stamped and die cut my cocktails, then attached them to a piece of water colour paper with foam tape.
Not sure why that paper shows up grey in the photo - IRL it's white!
I smooshed some distress ink onto an acrylic block and added a little water, then painted round my glasses. I wanted to go for bold colour so I added very little water.
Hmmm...   this is one of those cards that definitely looks better in your hand than it does in the photo.

Challenge


Numbers

Supplies
Clearly Besotted - Raise A Glass
MFT - Stitched Scallop Border Rectangle
Distress Ink - Festive Berries / Salty Ocean / Mowed Lawn


Friday, 3 November 2017

CHRISTMAS BOUQUET

Hello.
I'm out of my comfort zone today with a Christmas card for my Mum.
She likes more traditional type cards with the usual reds, greens and golds,
so those are the colours I went for here when building up my bouquet of anemones.


I began by stamping 'Mum' onto a piece of card.
Then, I stamped and gold embossed a selection of flowers and leaves from the WPlus9 modern anemones set.
I coloured the larger blooms in shades or red, and the leaves in greens.
For the smaller blooms I used a little grey shading and went over it with a white Wink of Stella brush.
This looked great when it was wet, but when it dried the glitter just disappeared, so I ended up going over it with a small glue pen and sprinkling on my favourite Diamond Dust glitter.

IRL this is really pretty and sparkly.

I arranged my blooms and leaves on the card piece and attached them with foam tape for some 3D effect.
Finally I attached the scalloped frame around the edge and stuck the whole piece to my card base.


Challenge


Supplies
WPlus9 Modern Anemones
MFT - Well Connect Alphabet and Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame
Copics.  Diamond Dust.  Wow Gold Embossing Powder.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

SNOW IS FALLING

Hello.
Ooh, it's been almost 2 weeks since my last card -
I think I've had Yeti burnout ;-)

Hopefully I'm back on track now, with this card for the
Watercooler Challenge
This week's theme is 'All About Christmas'


I began with a distress ink background and a piece of scalloped edging for my snow scene.
Then I added a wide frame. I did make this card with a grey frame too, but found that the black makes the colour pop more.
I added my Yetis, trees and footprints popped up on foam tape, and finished with a cute sentiment.



Supplies.
MFT - Beast Friends, coloured with Copics, Stitched Scallop Basic Edge
Distress Ink - Salty Ocean
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Rectangle
Sentiment - Mama Elephant, Labeled Messages

Saturday, 14 October 2017

WARM YETI WISHES

Hello.

Today I'm back with my Yetis, and playing along at Muse Christmas Visions.
Chriss' card is so cute that I've stuck with her overall design, just put my own spin on it.



  • take a rectangle of card, die cut the falling snow and add distress ink
  • attach a stitched hillside border piece to the bottom and the scalloped border around the edge.
  • stamp, die-cut and colour the Yetis and accessories. Attach with foam tape.
  • die cut a speech balloon, stamp the sentiment and heat emboss with white powder. Attach with foam tape.

Inspiration card from Chriss Blagrave


Supplies
MFT - Beast Friends. Sentiment from Deer Friends. Stitched Scallop Edge Die
AveryElle - Falling Snow Die    Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass
Speech Balloon Die - Clearly Besotted   Copics


Friday, 13 October 2017

WINTER WOODLAND

Hello.
I stepped away from the Yetis today, to make this little woodland scene.

This is a stamp set I've had for a few years, but I think using distress inks with it
has given it a new lease of life.
It's a good reminder to me, not to neglect my old stash.


I began with my die-cut rectangle and stamped the trees, embossing them with clear powder, and then adding a distress ink background.
Then, I added the hillside border and my stamped and die-cut animals.
Luckily there was just enough room to squeeze in my sentiment.

Challenges.



Supplies.
WPlus9 - winter woodland.   Lawn Fawn - stitched hillside border.
MFT - stitched scallop edge rectangle.  Distress Ink - tumbled glass.
Hero Arts - strawberry ink.





Monday, 9 October 2017

ARE YOU YETI FOR CHRISTMAS?

Hello.
This weekend my mojo went into hiding, so I looked around for a sketch to help me out.
I found one over at Seven Hills Crafts.

After lots of playing with shapes and die cuts,
 and several attempts being binned  filed,
I finally came up with this pretty straightforward take on the sketch.


I added some distress ink to one side of a card rectangle.
I had intended this background to be much paler, but somehow I'd mixed up the lids on my distress inks (salty ocean and tumbled glass).
I didn't want to waste the darker background (I am from Yorkshire!) so I just went with it :-)
I took another rectangle piece, die-cut the circle on the edge, and attached it over my inked piece with foam tape for some added depth.
Then I added my scalloped edge, the embossed sentiment and my Yeti and trees, finishing with a few scattered sequins.

Challenge



Supplies.
My Favorite Things - Beast Friends, Stitched Rectangle Scalloped Fram
Copics. Distress ink - Salty Ocean.  Spellbinders Circle Die.
White Embossing Powder.   Sequins.